Society of Digital Distrust : Spring 2016 : Éric Laurent

by Julia Evans on March 1, 2016

Translated by Philip Dravers

p112-117 of The Lacanian Review : Issue 01 : Spring 2016

In response to

‘Desire for Certainty : Descartes and the order of reasons’ : 11th March 1991 (Buenos Aires) : Jacques-Alain Miller,

translated by Austin Gross,

p100-101 of The Lacanian Review : 01, Spring 2016

This section of papers is named ‘The God of Numbers’.

Introduction: Science is not scientism. In the opening text of this section, Jacques-Alain Miller specifies the epistemological foundations of psychoanalysis with reference to Descartes, the philosopher who was Lacan’s most constant reference. Éric Laurent, …, explore different dimensions of the religion of numbers which predominate in our climate: digital distrust, evaluation culture, and cognitivism name the different facets of the master-signifier reduced to the number; but not without discourse.

Both Laurent’s & Miller’s texts available at  /éric laurent or authors by date

Subtitles to Laurent’s text

The Society of Digital Distrust

Freedom and Security

Calculation [le chiffre] to Calm Anxiety

Should we trust the Public Authorities?

How Can We Trust Those Who Gather Our Data?

Can We Stop Machines That, Like the Unconscious, Never Stop Ciphering [chiffrer]

The Act and the Limits of Faith in Knowledge – Symptomatic Protests

The Object or Master Signifier

Reference to Jacques Lacan

Press Conference at the French Cultural Center, Rome (The Triumph of Religion) : 29th October 1974 : Jacques Lacan : See here

Further texts

By Jacques Lacan here

By Éric Laurent here

Contemporary Clinic here

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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, London


Further texts

Of the clinic here 

Lacanian Transmission here 

Some Lacanian History here 

Topology here 

From LW working groups here

By Éric Laurent here 

By Sigmund Freud here 

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here 

By Jacques Lacan here     

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here 

By Julia Evans here